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25
Feb

Obsidian Portal – Thursday Feature – Plotting a Mystery

Author: ketherian

While quest-based (or, “kill it and take its treasure”) games are the norm, mystery-based games are  subtly different:

 

 Quest-Based Mystery-Based
 A McGuffin** is required No McGuffin is required
 Action oriented Information oriented
 Traditionally epic Traditionally not epic
 Mostly combat Mostly skill challenges
 Linear plot Clues/Key scenes

** mcguffin (n): an object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot.

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